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An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews

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Full Title: An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews. In which, the many notorious Falshoods and Misrepresentations of a Book called Pamela, Are exposed and refuted; and all the matchless Arts of that young Politician, set in a true and just Light. Together with A full Account of all that passed between her and Parson Arthur Williams; whose Character is represented ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1741)
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Jul 20, 2010 Jessica rated it liked it
This is hilarious. It totally makes reading all of Pamela worthwhile.
Jonathan Plaats
Apr 24, 2013 Jonathan Plaats rated it really liked it
This "novel" is far more meaningful in the context of its parodic namesake, Pamela. Straddling cynicism and satire, Fielding delivers an anti-plot with a lot of laughs, but does not have much of his own story. Shamela still manages to be a good read.
Well, it's certainly better than Pamela was. I laughed a few times. If you've slogged through all of Pamela, you might as well blitz through this too; it's only 50 pages or so.
Kristen Lemaster
Mar 08, 2013 Kristen Lemaster rated it it was ok
I can't even find the proper words to describe how silly this book is - admittedly clever and thorough, but nonetheless very dependent on bawdy and low humor. I think it is partially because in its parodying of Pamela, this version of the story seems a bit hypocritical rather than simply exaggerated. Part of my distaste for this novel may be derived from its skepticism and warning of being too absorbed in reading, because I love that books have the power to take us out of this world and into ano ...more
May 24, 2016 Lucy rated it did not like it
I thought this was really silly. OK, it might have been mildly amusing at the time, when Pamela was such a roaring success, but only as a bit of magazine type fluff, read today and forgotten tomorrow. It's not even particularly well done.
Penny Landon
Feb 07, 2013 Penny Landon rated it it was ok
I had to read this text for one of my college classes and suprisingly Pamela was not assigned with it. Right from the start I strongly recommend that you read Pamela first or else the purpose of this book (to make fun of Pamela) will be lost on you. I personally decided to find a comprehensive summary of Pamela and once I read that, this book made a lot more sense. While I was not really a fan of the content of this book I really appreciate the lengths that Fielding went to in order to point out ...more
Thom Swennes
Apr 25, 2013 Thom Swennes rated it it was ok
I can only say that writing this review is about reviews. This short story is a collection of letters either supporting or criticizing the story Pamela. I was under the (false) impression that parodies were relatively modern phenomena. Shamela was first published in 1741making my assumption not only false but very far from the mark. This literary farce does, however, have its merits but they can only be fully appreciated with an intimate knowledge of Pamela. This is an easily forgettable piece o ...more
Dawn Prokop
Aug 09, 2015 Dawn Prokop rated it really liked it
A very entertaining parody of the novel Pamela.
Hannah Taylor
Jan 21, 2015 Hannah Taylor rated it really liked it
This almost makes reading Pamela worthwhile!
-k The Lady Critic
Absolutely hilarious.
Mar 19, 2015 E rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Much more fun than Pamela.
Katy Noyes
Nov 23, 2013 Katy Noyes rated it liked it
I really think this is best read with a knowledge of Samuel Richardson's Pamela. Having not read the book on which this is based/mocks, I know I miss the point.

Saying that, I did find it funny and was reminded of Dangerous Liaisons, by the letter-writing content.

The section I found hilarious was Parson William's religious instruction to Shamela, wickedly outrageous.

Pamela sounds like a tough prospect. But I'm sure it will put Shamela into better context.
Nick Bond
Jul 18, 2015 Nick Bond rated it liked it
Only worth reading if you've already read Pamela. Pretty funny if you have.
Before I read Fielding's Shamela, I had of course read Richardson's Pamela and because of this I really, really enjoyed reading Shamela! Don't you just love it when Fielding starts out by saying on the title page: 'Necessary to be had in all families' :-)
Hannah Givens
Dec 22, 2015 Hannah Givens rated it liked it
I didn't really want to read this because I'm kind of attached to the original after studying it for months. However, the satire is actually sharp and skillful. The book has no meaning outside of the original, though, so only read it if you care about Pamela.
Jennifer Johnson
Aug 23, 2014 Jennifer Johnson rated it liked it
A couple of parts made me giggle, but it wasn't anything life altering. I love the implication that Pamela was after B for his money the entire time, and that she really wanted to be with Williams. The soulmate and the material mate.
Jul 06, 2012 Anabelee rated it it was amazing
Una magnífica parodia del libro Pamela. Si con Tom Jones uno no puede evitar reírse, con este libro es obligatorio. Sobre todo, si ha caído en tus manos la Pamela original.
Dec 07, 2012 Salvatore rated it liked it
Clever, rather funny, biting take on Pamela. At least here Pamela - or Shamela - felt more like a person. Great name of a character: Thomas Tickletext.
May 09, 2009 Lara rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! If you have read Pamela, you will definitely appreciate this book. One of the best parodies I have ever read.
Mar 03, 2008 Sullivan241osu rated it liked it
Ew, as if boyfriend!!You tell em. What a fucking awesome retort. Wow, I am floored right now.
J. Alfred
Mar 02, 2011 J. Alfred rated it really liked it
This novella is hysterical if and only if one has read Richardson's Pamela. Fielding is a winner.
May 01, 2013 Julia rated it liked it
A silly little spoof of Richardson's tedious novel. It made me giggle.
Sep 30, 2014 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this version: in the Kindle format
Janey Allen
Nov 12, 2010 Janey Allen rated it really liked it
One of the funniest books I read in college!
Jul 24, 2012 Duckie rated it liked it
18th century version of a Mel Brooks film.
Mar 30, 2010 Lois rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own-a-copy
Very funny, for anyone who has read Pamela.
Feb 27, 2009 Ginger rated it it was amazing
Satire on sPamela, it's a hoot.
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Henry Fielding was born in Somerset in 1707. The son of an army lieutenant and a judge's daughter, he was educated at Eton School and the University of Leiden before returning to England where he wrote a series of farces, operas and light comedies.

Fielding formed his own company and was running the Little Theatre, Haymarket, when one of his satirical plays began to upset the government. The passin
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